Tony Cascarino believes that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has sent a message to his player Timo Werner with his latest comments. 

Werner, who started and scored at the weekend, was a key player during the 3-1 victory against Southampton. 

The 25-year-old netted his first Premier League goal of the campaign, which came after he had an initial goal ruled out by VAR for a foul in the build-up.

Blues manager Tuchel explained his post-match press conference that he wants Werner to strive to keep improving after his vital goal against the Saints. 

“He has to keep on going, he can improve his game, a lot to improve but we are happy and relieved also that he scored in the late minutes of this game,” he said. 

Werner has been back in the Chelsea XI for the last two league fixtures, so is doing enough to catch the manager’s eye. However, pressure is still on him to live up to his £45million price tag.

Cascarino has suggested that Tuchel is sending a warning to the Chelsea forward:

 

“Thomas Tuchel’s comment that there were ‘a lot of things to improve’ for Timo Werner after his goal against Southampton was telling,” Cascarino wrote for The Times.

“Chelsea fans have been loyal to misfiring centre forwards, such as Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres, in the past and the same has been true of Werner, but strikers cannot be simply OK at big clubs. The German cannot continue to miss so many big chances, because otherwise — just as with Shevchenko and Torres — the club will move him on.”

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Werner key part of Chelsea group

Yes, Werner can be a frustrating player to watch at times. He can go from the spectacular to the ridiculous in a matter of seconds.

However, it’s clear how much the German speed machine gives to this Chelsea team.

He’s often infectious on the pitch with his energy and his underrated movement is such a great weapon that teammates can benefit from.

Frank Leboeuf said last month he still considers Werner a vital part of the Stamford Bridge squad, something he proved in abundance against Southampton. 

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Werner should aim to break last season’s goal tally

If Werner can eclipse the 12 goals he scored last season in all competitions for Chelsea, it would be a decent step forward.

In fairness, a player like him should be smashing 20-plus goals with the positions he takes up. The burden on him as an attacker may be eased somewhat this year, though, by striker Romelu Lukaku.

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